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across the country, a salute to america and the men and women in uniform. leanne gregg, nbc news. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. >>> some of the first women ever to fly military aircraft were honored in dallas. 21 members from texas and the women's air force service pilots, world war ii pilots, known as watches, were given their proper recognition. senator kay bailey hutchison congratulated them. they'll each receive the congressional gold medal. >>> also in texas, a retired air force pilot was reunited with valuable lost possessions. he spent seven years as a p.o.w. in vietnam and left without his dog tags and wedding ring. after nearly 40 years, those items have been returned to him. and the best news of all, the ring still fits. >>> a new jersey man was also separated from a wedding ring, only it was his wife's and he had accidentally thrown it in the trash. not realizing that the ring was in an empty cup, he tossed it into the garbage. he contacted the dump and was sold it was in a ten-ton stack of trash. after hours of sifting he got out of
tribute. the nation honors america's bravest for their service and the nation honors america's bravest for their service and their sacrifice. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. >>> today we begin with many options but no clear answer. senior administration officials say president obama plans to reject each of the possible scenarios laid out for a new american strategy in afghanistan. the president is pushing his national security team for more specifics on how, when and under what circumstances the u.s. will be able to turn over control to the afghan military. a key concern involves the credibility of president karzai's government, which is largely seen as corrupt, both inside and outside afghanistan. though the top u.s. commander there has called for at least 40,000 additional forces, the president wants to make clear that the u.s. is not pursuing an open-ended commitment. >>> well, in the wake of last week's deadly shooting at ft. ho hood, there are new reports that colleagues of the alleged shooter questioned his mental sta
weapons there was a kind of euphoria in russia toward america. a euphoric attitude, but then we saw that america forgot about its partner and even when our life was very difficult during the difficult times, america avoided giving real assistance to russia and it was then that people understood that the u.s. government actually liked the situation of russia being immersed in all kind of problems for as long a time as possible. >> tom, what strikes me about that is that the russians, he says, expected partnership, the u.s., he believes, celebrated victory. >> reporter: well, i have a high regard for mikhail gorbachev. we have known each other for 20 years, but the united states sent billions of dollars into russia and sent the best expert there is to help them create a market economy, so much of that money went into private bank accounts of those who still have their hand on the levers of power in russia. the money simply disappeared in many instances. i don't think we were at all prepared for how unprepared russia would be to create a market economy. someone said to me here on the l
's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> a bank robber in ohio apparently tried to eat his way out of trouble. dash cam video she's them searching this cuffed bandit when they put the note on the car. the suspect then leans over and eats the note. authorities found a bag of money with an exploded dye pack in that man's car. >>> in west virginia, a 9-year-old boy successfully stopped an adult car jacker. the boy's mother left her kids and the keys in the car when she went into a convenience store. a man got in the car to steal it, but that brave boy grabbed the keys, ran to the store for help. the suspect tried to escape but was caught by police. >>> residents in florida spotted an acknowledge i'll monkey on the loose. animal control has been trying to capture this elusive animal, but they haven't been able to catch it. so far the monkey avoided tranquilizer shots and traps. still on the loose. >>> a major piece of michael jackson history went up for auction in new york. fans had the opportunity to walk away with the spkling whi glove when he debuted the moo
. >>> now, here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> a geyser shot high in the sky in california when a massive water main broke there. pressure from that ruptured 54-inch pipe caused water to explode 20 feet above the payment. it took firefighters more than an hour to have that geyser subd subdued. the busted pipe carried recycled water for industrial purposes. >>> one man in new jersey turned a house's dining room into a bit of a garage. the errant driver lost control and plowed right through the wall of a two-story house. no one, thankfully, in that house was injured, but the man behind the wheel was taken to a local hospital. >>> an elephant in wisconsin got herself into some deep trouble. the 31-year-old african elephant somehow slipped into the mote. she was trapped in that 6-foot channel for over four hours. eventually, though, zoo officials fashioned a set of stairs and she eventually climbed out. >>> and it wasn't quite dewey defeats truman, but close. when broke out the world series champagne too early. the philadelphia enquirer declared the phi
"early today" in america. >>> say massive rockslide on camera covered a tennessee highway. news crews were on the scene shooting the aftermath of a previous rockslide that day. suddenly the ground shook again. there you see it, a wave of debris flowing down the mountain. that road, of course, will remain closed today as officials assess its stability. >>> authorities, meanwhile, saying a mother and son nearly beat a man to death outside a bar in pennsylvania. surveillance video shows the son kicking the unconscious victim in the head, all of this following an argument. a mother pushed away a good samaritan who tried to step in and help. now the son faces attempted murder charges. >>> a transit bus in chick lost control and rammed into a brick house. the bus ended up getting stuck inside part of the home and then left behind a large diagonal crack along the front of the house. at least four people were hurt but none of the injuries were serious. >>> well, the u.s. challenger for the americas cup unveiled a new strategy to help reclaim the trophy. the racing team hoisted an 8,000 pound
's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. >>> a heated police shoot-out in cincinnati was captured on camera. an armed suspect fled his vehicle after an officer pulled him over. well, he climbed into the cab of a nearby truck, where another officer tried to use a taser on him. that suspect shot at that female cop as a third officer arrived. the third officer fired multiple shots, fatally wounding the suspect. >>> a streaking meteor lit up the sky in utah and an observatory captured the display on video. take a look. the fireball brightened the sky to nearby daylight conditions as it entered the atmosphere. the meteor was probably the size of a stove and traveling 80,000 miles per hour but almost certainly broke up before impact. >>> a christmas controversy is brewing in alaska. u.s. postal service stopped shipping letters to santa to north pole, alaska. the mayor of that town has called this an assault on christmas. the letters usually went to the santa claus house, a favorite town attraction. but the post office says bau hum bug. for efficiently, san
news "early today" in america. >>> a group of inmates came to the rescue of a prison guard who was viciously attacked by a convict. a surveillance camera captured the prisoner approach the deputy and then begin choking him. several other inmates saw the attack and fought the assailant. one used the guard's radio to call for backup. >>> authorities in minneapolis are investigating police video which showed a cop use a taser on what appeared to be a cooperating teenager. the 18-year-old suspect's hands were on the hood when the officer jammed the taser into his neck for 15 seconds. the police chief called this footage disturbing and is now asking the fbi and city attorney to review possible criminal charges. >>> a store clerk battled with a burglar for his rifle during a robbery in california. security video shows the cashier charge the armed robber and fight with the man for at least five minutes. the clerk eventually wrestled the rifle away, causing the suspect to run away. >>> elsewhere in california, high school students were battling gravity as they competed in pumpkin launc
america. >> the bill is dead on arrival in the senate. moderates from swing districts, they bailed out on this bill. >> reporter: senate republicans are hoping to join forces with moderate democrats and make sure their bill looks nothing like the one that swept through the house. >>> the gulf coast is bracing for its first hurricane of the atlantic season. it's a slow-moving storm named ida. packing winds of 90 miles per hour. it's not exactly clear where ida will hit. bringing high surf and several inches of rain. despite hurricane warnings so far there are no plans for mandatory evacuations. >>> that storm strength has already been felt in el salvador where at least 124 people were killed in heavy rains and mudslidesthere. a huge rescue operation will continue this morning after thousands of homes were damaged or cut off by floodwaters. dozens of people remain missing with the country's president describing it as a tragedy. officials are hopeful that storm will weaken as it passes critical offshore oil stations in the gulf of mexico. >> now here's a look at other stories making news
making news early today in america. >>> a south carolina man is facing multiple charges for allegedly faking a fall in a grocery store. take a look. newly released surveillance video approaches a wet floor sign and spills juice on the floor. he then staged his own fall and demanded up to $8,000 for his injuries. >>> authorities in coffey county, georgia, say they have disrupted one of the most sophisticated marijuana growing operations in the county. investigators say they also recovered $35,000 in cash. >>> a virginia tradition that dates back more than 350 years brought thanksgiving a day early there. governor tim kaine welcomed native american tribes who brought a gift of wild game. it commemorates a 1646 peace treaty that allowed indians to give the colonial government gifts in lou of paying taxes. >>> a turkey in massachusetts is determined not to end up on the dinner table. he was found tying up traffic for hours trotting from car to car. he eventually wandered up a hill and we're guessing he's probably a little grateful he didn't meet up with his friends, stuffing, gravy, and p
in america. >>> an honest wisconsin woman called 911 to report a dui in progress. so what's so unusual about that? well, she was reporting herself. >> clark county 911. >> somebody's really drunk driving down granton road. >> which way are they going? >> they are going -- >> towards granton. >> towards granton. >> are you behind them, or -- >> no, i am then. >> you am them? >> yes, i am them. >> okay. so you want to call and report that you're drog drunk? >> yes. >> the woman was issued a first offense citation for drunk driving. >> in a tradition dating back to 1952, thanks to lots of paint, an energy company transformed its 3 million gallon tank into the world's largest jack-o'-lantern. >>> police in minnesota auctioning off a motorized lazy boy chair and getting a shocking response for this. authorities seized this chair after the man who built it crashed it into a car while drunk. the motorized recliner is fetching more than just curious eyes. bidding on ebay is already up to $40,000. and here's why. the lazy boy is equipped with a radio, drink holder, and most importantly, a great story
it as a tactical ploy. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. >>> a natural gas pipeline exploded in texas, sending flames shooting high into the sky there. the inferno burned so hot, in fact, it melted the blinds on nearby buildings and destroyed one house. three people were treated for injuries. it took fire crews over four hours to control that blaze. >>> in miami, a coast guard cutter pulled into port with nine tons of cocaine worth a staggering $127 million. all 191 bales of that drug were captured over the last movement they came from four smuggling bus. >>> a chicago family was home when a chunk of ice fell from the sky crashing right through their roof. the mystery projectile shook the house, shattered ice all over the lawn. investigators believe that came from an airline overhead either from a leak or ice built up on the fuselage of a plane. >>> in new york, three new items have been immortalized in the most playful toy score of all. earning legendary status, the big wheel. thirdly, the gameboy was honored with a display among the most
's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. . >>> police in arizona have uncovered an amazing stash of missing airline luggage. at least 1,000 bags were found in the house of a local couple who have been arrested for stealing them from baggage carousels. police have been tracking the luggage looters ever since they were seen stealing a bag from the airport. >>> a miami man was found dead on the roof of an parnlt building after disturbing a very large beehive. the victim was wearing a partial beekeeper's outfit. police, however, could not confirm if the stings caused his death. rescuers say the hive contained up to 60,000 bees. >>> farmers in kentucky are in a race against time as rainfall floods their fields. swallowing any unharvested crops. so to keep from losing their entire harvest, the high water is forcing farmers to prematurely harvest their fields. >>> one pennsylvania judge ordered a public punishment for a pair of criminals. they had to hold signs on a street corner declaring their guilty from stealing a gift card from a 9-year-old little girl and on her b
of this week-long trip to asia as one commentator put it when china and america get together it's like chi-merica. the two countries will say this, they believe they've made some significant progress on climate change issues. they've come to some agreements on -- for instance, opening a joint center of research on climate issues, researching clean coal technologies together, even an electrical car initiative. on north korea, they both seem to come out rhetorically fairly strongly against north korea and pushing to denuclearize the entire peninsula. probably the most notable in the short-term is on iran while the president had tough words on iran because it looks like whatever deal is on the table is not going to be taken by the iranians. and so now we have to pursue an economic sanction avenue on that front. he was tough saying that he was very tough saying that there was going to be no more tough consequences down the road for the iranians. the chinese, meanwhile, didn't really bring it up and are apparently being dragged to these talks. not very compelling that they're fired up about thi
early today in america. >>> dallas police are searching for two men who snatched an elderly woman's purse. she was about to walk into a medical clinic while one man grabs her bag and drags her to the ground. the woman suffered minor injuries. >>> police in pennsylvania arrested two teens who filmed themselves robbing at least five homes there. the footage shows the two bandits rum acknowledging through bedrooms, opening wrapped gifts and stealing electronics. the pair even grabbed food from the fridge. they taped the crimes to show off to friends. >>> los angeles authorities stumbled upon a climb by following their noses. they discovered a large marijuana growing operation just 25 feet from the police station. they noticed the smell in the parking lot at the station and eight hours later they shut down the sophisticated drug farm. >>> a colorado man strutted around wearing a chicken suit. he didn't say anything but made his point. >>> a wild turkey in new jersey has been caught for playing chicken. dubbed the turnpike turkey the trouble maker has been continually running across th
making news "early today" in america. >>> a boston woman fell on the subway tracks as a train was barrelling into the station. surveillance cameras show that intoxicated woman stumbled right into the train pit. other passengers flailed their arms to alert the train operator. quickly heeded the warning and pulled the emergency brake. that train stopped just inches in front of the woman who escaped with her life and without injury. >>> a violent fight broke out between two girls high school soccer teams. sparking members of both of the teams to throw punches and pull hair. a second fight broke out between fans during the awards ceremony. league officials are now investigating. >>> a restaurant in new york celebrated its 55th anniversary with a massive seasonal staple. serendipity three broke the record for the largest cup of hot chocolate serving up a four gallon treat. it required 12 pounds of cocoa powder and 8 quarts of heavy cream. >>> a requirement for one architecture course in florida is nothing short of, well, walking on water. for 21 years, students at florida internati
at some other stories making news "early today" in america. >>> surveillance video from wisconsin shows the holidays haven't put everyone in the giving mood. this is footage from a truck stop that captured woman stealing a donation jar which was raising money for a person's bone marrow transplant. the suspect conversing with the clerk until he turns his back and she swipes the money. police are searching for the thief. >>> a group of young girls viciously beat two teenagers at a florida laundry mat. security video shows the group attacked the two victims folding laundry. the two girls who were cousins say they recognized the assa assailants as being in a local gang. the mother of one girl is hoping action will be taken against the violence. >>> a train derailment left trains krucrumpled along the tracks. a dozen cars were folded like an accordion from that crash. crews worked to clear the road. >>> and in ohio, one of the biggest stars in the nba served up a tall order for needy children. shaquille o'neal roamed the aisles of a toy store getting toys for kids. he also helped load up the
here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. >>> teenager in washington led police on a lengthy off-road chase there. the 16-year-old sped off after an officer tried to stop him for suspected drunk driving. that pursuit continued through fields until the trailing cop rammed the suspect's pickup, eventually bring it to a stop. two young adult passengers also were arrested. >>> an explosion at a school in virginia blew a large hole in the wall and injured eight contractors there. five workers were treated at a trauma center and three at an emergency room. investigators haven't determined yet a cause for the blast but say the workers were using a propane tank to heat tar. >>> police in minnesota had to steer unusual traffic. two wayward cows were wandering along the highway. the cops stopped traffic to direct them through an open gate. they ran across one more road before disappearing into an open area. >>> a tree lighting celebration in universal city kicked off with a huge performance. the world's largest tallest beatles tribute band played holiday favorit
news early today in america. >>> a michigan police officer was suspended without pay after he was seen on dash cam video tasering a suspect who had already been handcuffed. there had been a scuffle just before the arrest. the man suffered a broken jaw, facial injuries and a chipped tooth from that fall after being tasered. >>> ohio police broke up a shoplifting ring that used children to pull off several thefts. newly released surveillance video shows the group fighting with security after they tried to leave the store with some unpaid merchandise. during that struggle, authorities say one man punched a guard in the face. police were able, though, to arrest the suspects before they got away. >>> a marine center in california is checking out a wayward seal that somehow made its way onto a highway. the pup was barely confused about where it was going and just, well, refused to budge. the fortunately, though, officials did step in and carted the pup to safety. >>> a baby panda is starting to show a little personality. the cub showed off it is growing and it's got growing teeth. even barke
" in america. >>> newly released video shows an explosion tear through a utah oil refinery. the fiery blast from the gas explosion damaged ten nearby homes but caused no serious injuries. the u.s. chemical safety board recommends the plant shut down immediately. >>> a connecticut dashboard camera captured a police cruiser fatally crash into a teenager's car. the footage shows an officer's car actually speed by and then collide with the victim's vehicle. authorities say the officer in the crash was going more than 90 miles per hour. the impact killed both of the teenagers inside that vehicle. >>> law enforcement involved in another high-speed chase in north carolina got some help from a big rig. the police actually contacted the truck's driver and instructed him to box in the runaway. the suspect who police say robbed a bank was then wedged against the barrier. he tried to escape, but police took him into custody>>> and a competition in canada showed that the playground games you learned as a kid can actually still be useful. a michigan man took home $7,000 when he clinched the rock, paper,
in a homestyle feast. >> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> a deer in colorado certainly has a lot to be thankful for this morning after being pulled from an icy pond. a nearby resident contacted wildlife officials who were able to coach it to shore. although the deer was tired and of course cold, officers expect it to make a full recovery. >>> oregon police are searching for two suspects they say stole a truck and then used it to ram into a convenience store. take a look at this. the burglars were actually after the store's atm, but then they quickly realized it was actually chained to the floor and they had to leave empty handed. >>> back in colorado now. it was not your typical fresh mountain snow that blanketed the governor's mansion but rather it was toilet paper. the first family actually woke up to found someone had t.p.'d their 100-year-old landmark. the governor joked about the incident and said, hey, he had teenagers at home and it was probably a prank. >>> in missouri, a local hospital featured turkeys of a very cute variety. newborns ther
than $1.5 billion. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. >>> a man in washington crashed an suv through the garage door of a jail. surveillance video shows the vehicle smash through the metal door and then collide with a wall. the driver was then detained after a short scuffle with police. the suspect allegedly stole the suv from his mother. police are still investigating the motive, but they say the suspect may suffer from mental illness. >>> elsewhere in washington, a public bus got some unlikely passengers. two baby goats. when the bus came, security video shows the kids that bond like normal passengers. the goats, though, they were escorted off. they continued waiting at that stop. >>> 1,400 contestants in maryland participants had eight minutes to down dozens of roast beef sandwiches. they were competing for a $1,000 prize. the winner wolfed down a whopping 37 of those small sandwiches. >>> and in new york, a woman celebrated her 95th birthday by what else, sky diving. the grandmother, who goes by nanny suited up and took for the high skoors. mi
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